Highbridge’s Hope Baptist Church is counting the cost of crime after two laptop PCs used for community use have been stolen in a break-in.

The two laptops were stolen last Tuesday, 29th January, from the premises in Church Street, Highbridge.

“Unfortunately, the scumbags stole two Lanovo Laptops – both approximately four years old and in original boxes,” says Sue Hunter, service development officer at ‘Somerset You Can Do Services’, which uses laptops to provide community services.

“While they are not of huge monetary value, these laptops are used for our Digital Link sessions.”

“Without these, people from Highbridge and the surrounding area won’t have access to the vital IT equipment they need to be able to search for jobs, apply for benefits and housing.”

“We, and our volunteers and users of the service are devastated.”

“If anyone is offered a laptop which meets this description please let us and/or the police know.”

The ‘CSW You Can Do’ programme has been run since 2014 on behalf of Somerset County Council.

Volunteers through the programme provide support to individuals in their local community, enabling people ‘to access local activities and local support services to improve their circumstances and re-engage in their local community’.

Anyone with information about the laptops should contact Burnham-On-Sea Police on 101.